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Hip-hop themed chip shop to open in Brixton

IT’S A WRAP: Chip Shop Brixton will a have a strong hip-hop focus

A HIP HOP-themed fish and chip shop is set to open in Brixton, serving “fresh fish, seafood and Old Skool hip-hop”.

Chip Shop, situated on the corner of Coldharbour Lane and Atlantic Road, has already attracted the interest of local residents due to the graffiti covering its shutters which depicts famous rappers such as 2Pac and Biggie Smalls.

The venue will serve the usual chip shop menu of cod and haddock and other types of seafood such as grilled tuna steaks, red snapper and mussel and crab dishes along with chips.

It will also operate as a restaurant. More unusually though, Chip Shop will serve up a steady stream of old school hip-hop music.

PROJECT

The venue is the latest project from Michael Lythgoe and his partner Cidalia Rodrigues, who also run Brixton Village and have lived in the area for 18 years.

Lythgoe said: “I love hip-hop especially Old Skool late 80s and 90s stuff and everyone loves fish and chips but the area was missing this from its array of restaurants. The blend of the two things just felt like a perfect fit for Brixton."

He has played a key role in devising the playlist.

“At lunch there will be chilled hip hop including some old G-Funk from the likes of George Clinton and Zapp & Roger,” he explained. “Midweek evenings will be more uptempo with the likes of J Dilla, Talib Kweli and A Tribe Called Quest. Then we will take it up a notch on Friday and Saturday nights with the likes of Nas, Guru, Eric B & Rakim and Pete Rock. The list is so extensive, you could eat lunch and dinner with us for two weeks and never hear the same track twice.”

CONCEPT

However, the concept has been criticised on social media for its similarity to a similar venue in Manchester called The Hip Hop Chip Shop.

Critics have also claimed that the new venue is just another example of the increasing gentrification of the area.

But Lythgoe rejected the idea that gentrification was unique to Brixton. He said: “[Gentrification is] happening all over London. It's down to the town planner to insure balance and that existing businesses are treated fairly. Having been in Brixton for almost 20 years, I have seen the changes happen. For me this has always been the best area in London with a rich culture and identity — it's very important to preserve that.”

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